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[[caption-width-right:300:Wolverine goes ninja[[note]]By the way, in the movie, he's instructed to wield the sword with both hands.[[/note]]]]

''The Wolverine'' is a 2013 superhero film based on the character of ComicBook/{{Wolverine}}. Directed by James Mangold, the film is loosely based on Creator/ChrisClaremont and Creator/FrankMiller[='s=] acclaimed 1982 ''Wolverine'' [[ComicBook/FrankMillersWolverine mini-series]], which saw the character traveling to Japan. It is the second attempt to give Wolverine his own movie following ''Film/XMenOriginsWolverine''.

HughJackman reprises his role as Wolverine from the ''Film/XMen'' film series, and is joined by Tao Okamoto as Mariko Yashida, Will Yun Lee as Kenuichio Harada, Hiroyuki Sanada as Shingen Yashida, and Rila Fukushima as Yukio.

Set some years after the events of ''Film/XMenTheLastStand'', the movie follows Logan as he returns to Japan after the disbandment of the team. While there, he is caught up in a world of Yakuza intrigue and falls for Mariko, the daughter of a powerful industrialist.

Watch the official trailer [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=toLpchTUYk8 here]], the first international trailer [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=btLk7Ut2s3s here]], and the second international trailer [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=anJdo3wjV-M here]].

The storyline that inspired this film was also loosely adapted into a ''Wolverine'' [[Anime/{{Wolverine}} anime series]] in 2011.

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!!Tropes applying to ''The Wolverine'':

* AbsurdlySharpBlade:
** The heirloom katana that Yukio brings with her to meet Logan is able to cleanly slice barstool legs and a beer bottle, without harming the man on the stool or the guy holding the beer bottle.
** While adamantium blades are indestructible and can virtually cut through anything, superheating it is the only way to slice through another adamantium substance with laser-like precision.
* ActionGirl:
** Yukio introduces herself in a bar brawl and proves competent enough to protect Logan.
** Mariko is proficient in softhanded martal arts and the use of knives.
* ActorAllusion: [[spoiler: In The Stinger, Magneto warns of "dark forces approaching," which is from ''Lord of the Rings''.]]
* AdaptationalAttractiveness: Yukio, compared to her comics counterpart. Being portrayed by an actress-model helps.
* AdaptationalBadass: Mariko wasn't a KnifeNut in the comics.
* AdaptationalHeroism: Harada, sort of. In addition to [[spoiler: pulling a HeroicSacrifice to save Logan]], he's far less of a {{Jerkass}} than his comic counterpart, who is a foreigner-hating bigot.
* AdaptationDyeJob:
** Yukio sports natural black hair in the comics but has dyed red hair in the movies.
** Viper also has blond hair rather than green.
* AdaptationNameChange: Mariko's fiance has his name changed from "Noburo Hideki" to "Noburo Mori," possibly because, although an actual Japanese name, Hideki is a given name, not a family one.
* AllWomenLoveShoes: Yukio politely hands a pair of high heels to one of the prostitutes as she runs out the door in her underwear.
* AnimalMotifs: Next to the Wolverine, we also have the Viper, and their animalistic nature is often alluded to.
* AnimeHair: Director James Mangold stated that [[ImplausibleHairColor Yukio's hair]] was changed to deliberately evoke the image of an anime heroine.
* TheArcher: Harada is quite a ColdSniper, especially when it comes to defending Mariko, as well as his squadron of Black Clan ninjas.
* ArrangedMarriage: Mariko and Noburo for business purposes.
* ArtisticLicensePhysics:
** While fighting atop the bullet train, Wolverine charges at a mook many feet behind him by leaping up so that he remains in the same place while the train speeds by under him. In reality, Wolverine and the mooks are already moving at the save speed as the train, so jumping would at best provide only minimal deceleration through wind drag, as opposed to Wolverine temporarily flying like he's Superman.
** A superheated adamantium sword is depicted cutting through room temperature adamantium. While (in the canon) adamantium can only be made malleable by superheating it, superheating the sword would only render ''the sword'' more malleable, not what it's cutting. Given ''Film/XMenOriginsWolverine'' already demonstrated that adamantium can potentially damage other adamantium under the right conditions, the sharpness and angle of the sword strikes should have been sufficient to do the job, [[spoiler:especially when backed by the strength of PoweredArmor]].
* AsYouKnow: When he saw the old pit where he saved Ichirō, Wolverine was about to tell what had happened there... and [[DefiedTrope Mariko stopped him]]: she already knows that story.
* UsefulNotes/AtomicBombingsOfHiroshimaAndNagasaki: The bombing of Nagasaki is featured at the start of the movie. Wolverine is shown as a POW held in a camp across the bay, and both he and a Japanese soldier survive while everyone else in the camp kick it. [[spoiler: Said soldier is Ichirō Yashida, Mariko's grandfather.]]
* TheAtoner: Wolverine goes to Japan to face his guilt for killing Jean Grey and to receive help from an old friend who might have the means to remove his HealingFactor and make him mortal.
** Harada ends up as this near the end of the film.
* AxCrazy: Viper.
* {{Badass}}: Wolverine, as usual. The gruff soldier with the metal claws beats down both yakuza thugs and ninja thugs and then squares off against an eight foot tall suit of PoweredArmor.
* BadassAdorable: Yukio, who has anime rebel schoolgirl features.
* BadassNormal:
** Shingen [[spoiler:defeats Yukio and fights Wolverine, inflicting several instantly lethal wounds that only Wolverine's healing factor allows him to win.]]
** Harada is mundane TheLeader of a clan of mundane ninja.
** Yukio has precognition but it's not CombatClairvoyance so her fighting skill is all practice paying off.
** Wolverine has a very difficult time with the two determined Yakuza on top of the bullet train, who do all the same death-defying stunts as Wolverine without any superpowers at all.
* BadDreams: Throughout the film, Logan suffers chronic nightmares of Jean, his [[TheLostLenore Lost Lenore]] who he [[XMenTheLastStand previously]] was forced to kill.
* BaldOfEvil / BaldWomen: Viper after she sheds her skin and looks more evil and like a viper.
* BeardOfSorrow: Logan starts out with a shaggy one, likely resulting from the events of ''The Last Stand''.
* BerserkButton: Threatening people Logan cares about will make him go berserk, which is pretty normal. Causing unwarranted suffering on wild fauna, however, also puts him on a violent warpath.
* {{BFS}}: The Silver Samurai wields an enormous katana and wakizashi, both made out of pure adamantium. Holding these swords with both hands triggers the blades to become superheated and be able to cut through adamantium.
* BigBad: [[spoiler: Yashida is responsible for bringing Logan to Japan and has an EvilPlan to steal his HealingFactor. However, the yakuza that kidnap Mariko on two occasions were hired by Shingen and Mori]].
* BigBadEnsemble: [[spoiler: There are two separate villainous factions in this movie: One led by Shingen Yashida, and one led by Shingen's father Ichirō.]]
* BilingualBonus: Yashida's sword, the one he tries to pass on to Logan, is inscribed with kanji characters that mean "never grow old, never die".
* BloodlessCarnage: The scores of {{Mooks}} that find themselves on the pointy end of Wolverine's claws don't bleed [[note]]Though there's plenty of blood flying around in the "Unleashed" edition[[/note]]. However Wolverine bleeds, though it doesn't mean much since he's NighInvulnerable even with his gimped healing factor.
* BloodierAndGorier - In the extended cut there is no BloodlessCarnage, up to and including a number of ninjas being sucked into a snow-blower and scattered across a few buildings.
* BodyguardingABadass: Yukio to Logan. It's understandable in this case because Logan isn't used to fighting without his HealingFactor. The 'everyone can use back up' reason is employed.
* BookEnds: "I'm your bodyguard."
* BrickJoke: In the beginning of the movie, Logan is shown clearly distressed and nervous [[WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes whenever he's on a plane]], vigorously clutching the arms of his chair in terror. In one of the movie's final scenes, he can be seen clutching his chair yet again.
* BroadStrokes: As an adaptation to Wolverine's backstory in Japan in the comics, Logan does not have any knowledge of Japanese culture and etiquette throughout the film.
* BroughtDownToBadass: Logan's deteriorated HealingFactor is the film's major plot point, but he's still got the adamantium skeleton, the claws, and an extremely high tolerance for pain that lets him shrug off wounds which would bring down a normal man. He eventually needs treatment but he lasts quite a while.
* CallBack: One of the first modern day scenes in the film is Wolverine delivering some punishment to a hunter who supposedly used a poisoned broad-tip arrow to hunt bears. Poison, particularly poisoned arrows, come back [[spoiler: in the third act, when Harada uses a poisoned arrow to knock Wolverine out for the climax.]]
* CaughtInTheRain: Logan and Mariko return to the house in Nagasaki after a sudden rainshower and change from their wet clothes into traditional Japanese wear. Mariko notes that Logan is wearing his wrong and goes to adjust it; it's no surprise what happens next.
* CharacterDevelopment:
** Logan was an avid DeathSeeker to atone for his guilt after Jean's death. When Ichirō gave him the offer, Logan refuses until he was sabotaged by Viper. The loss of his accelerated healing clearly shook up Logan as he is thrown battle after battle to the brink of death. He recovers this ability and he also manages to let go of Jean by the end of the film.
** Mariko began having no interest in the Yashida zaibatsu when her grandfather named her as his heir but with the turmoil over its ownership and the climactic turn of events, her appointment as the Yashida CEO is one she accepted wholeheartedly.
* ChekhovsGun:
** [[spoiler: Ichirō Yashida's life support equipment is used to discover the machine suppressing Logan's healing factor.]]
** Yukio seems shocked by Yashida's sudden death [[spoiler: because she didn't see him die, because he didn't actually die.]]
** In the beginning, a bear is shot by a poisoned arrow, [[spoiler: then in the climax, Logan is taken down with Harada's poisoned arrows.]]
* ChekhovsSkill:
** Japanese swords need to be held with two hands.
** Mariko mentions while looking at photographs that she's a champion with knives.
** Shingen is introduced kicking ass in kendo.
* ChildhoodMarriagePromise: Mariko jokes that she was going to marry Harada, but couldn't because they weren't fifteen.
* ColorCharacter: The ancestral '''Silver''' Samurai suit; later depicted as a [[spoiler: PoweredArmor]] with the silvery luster of adamantium.
* ComicBookMoviesDontUseCodenames:
** Played straight with the adamantium PoweredArmor that is not explicitly called Silver Samurai. The moniker of Silver Samurai was named after a suit of samurai armor that serves as a LegacyCharacter for the Yashida generations.
** Averted by Wolverine who calls himself The Wolverine at one point.
** Played with for Viper, who never calls herself "the Viper" but does says she's ''a'' viper.
** Played straight with The Hand (mainly linked to the Film/{{Daredevil}} / Film/{{Elektra}} franchise, and ownership of those rights reverted back to Marvel before the film was finished), who are referred to as "The Black Clan" and led by Harada.
* CompositeCharacter:
** The Silver Samurai is [[spoiler: Ichirō, who uses a suit of PoweredArmor like Shin Harada, the current Silver Samurai in the comics]].
** Film Shingen has the personality of Kenuichio Harada in the comics. Creator/ChrisClaremont even commented that Shingen Yashida was split into two characters: Ichirō and Shingen.
** Yukio's skills with knife-throwing was given to Mariko, in a plot-important role.
* ConspicuousCG: In the very beginning, the grizzly bear that is seen walking close towards Logan's path. Inverted in the bear's second scene, where it becomes an obvious animatronic.
* ContinuityCameo: [[spoiler:Magneto and Xavier in the Stinger, which also shows an in-universe advertisement for Trask Industries for ''Film/XMenDaysOfFuturePast''.]]
* ContinuityNod:
** While most of the film has Wolverine remembering Jean, the scene where he wakes up has a voiceover involving Kayla Silverfox from ''Film/XMenOriginsWolverine''.
** When the ghost of Jean was jealous of Mariko, she reminds Wolverine that all the women he loves die. Silver Fox, his love from ''Film/XmenOriginsWolverine'', also died in that film.
** The post-credits scene where [[spoiler: Magneto and Xavier]] arrive to recruit Logan mirrors their brief encounter from decades earlier in ''Film/XMenFirstClass''.
** [[spoiler:Wolverine flatlines once again after having surgery done to him]], just like ''X-Men Origins: Wolverine'', though this time by it's done by himself.]]
** Wolverine is afraid of flying.
** Also a subtle on to X-2, as in the movie William Striker said that the only way to make the otherwise indestructible Adamantium malleable was to superheat it, guess how Wolverine's claws get cut off.
** Much like Silverfox, Logan's new love interest Mariko also brings up a legend about a "kuzuri", aka the "wolverine".
** {{Storm}} can be seen briefly on a photo in a file.
* CorruptPolitician: Noburo Mori, Minister of Justice, is doing nothing to enforce justice. Instead he's trying to bumb off his finance and fooling around with prostitutes.
* CranialProcessingUnit: Zigzagged. Wolverine cuts the head off the Silver Samurai robot, and it falls over. [[spoiler:Then it gets back up again and ''then'' it's revealed that the Samurai isn't a robot, it's a suit of Powered Armor with a man inside. If Wolverine had just cut a little lower...]]
* CrucifiedHeroShot: After Wolverine becomes a HumanPincushion, he strikes this pose, mostly because all the tethers attached to the arrows are forcing him into it.
* DamselOutOfDistress: When Mariko is snagged by thugs at her grandfather's funeral, she was well on her way toward escaping from them when Logan reached her and finished them off. Also she saves Logan a few times with her ChekhovsSkill.
* DarkActionGirl: Viper is a vicious poisoner and martial artist.
* DarkerAndEdgier: The film is more serious than the previous X-Men movies, presenting the story as a noir crime drama.
* DeathByAdaptation:
** [[spoiler: Viper wasn't hanged in the comics.]]
** [[spoiler: Harada wasn't killed in the comics]], who falls under Type 2 of this trope.
* DiscOneFinalBoss: [[spoiler: Shingen]] is responsible for the yakuza thugs and Logan fights him to end this plot thread and [[spoiler: become 'the wolverine'' again]] but there's a bigger villain in play.
* DisneyVillainDeath: [[spoiler: Yashida.]] Wolverine also tried doing this to Noburo, but luckily for him, there was a swimming pool beneath the window Wolverine threw him out of.
* EnemyMine: Harada cites Viper as a [[spoiler: "means to an end," and voices his displeasure towards her consistently. Viper seems indifferent to Harada attitude-wise, but she just sees him as another inferior underling.]]
* EvilPlan: Yashida wants Logan's HealingFactor so he can live forever. This is why he sends Yukio to retrieve him.
* FaceHeelTurn: [[spoiler:Yashida goes from a soldier who braves friendly fire to release enemy prisoners in a moment of compassion to the ultimate villain of the film]].
* FakeNationality: Korean Will Yun Lee playing Kenuichio Harada. Wolverine himself, a Canadian played by Australian Hugh Jackman. Also [[spoiler:Magneto, a German Jew played by a Brit]].
* FailedAttemptAtDrama: Noburo Mori
-->'''Logan:''' You're gonna talk tough, standing there in your red underwear?
* FamilyOfChoice: [[spoiler: At the end of the movie, Mariko adopts Yukio as her sister, "her only family," as the rest of the Yashida family have been killed off.]]
* FauxAffablyEvil:
** [[spoiler:Viper discusses her evil plans in a polite and seductive tone.]]
** [[spoiler:Ichirō Yashida not once raises his voice and pretends to care about Logan's well being, insisting on the hypocritical "death is good" argument with him even on the final battle.]]
* FeetFirstIntroduction: Yukio and Viper have these with their "badass in boots" look, as well as a ShesGotLegs intro when Viper gets out of her car at the funeral.
* FemmeFatale: Viper can pull off the murderous seductress role with ease.
* FollowTheLeader: While the use of post-credits scenes was nothing new (not even in this franchise, as ''X-Men: The Last Stand'' already did its own), the Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse popularized their use as a tool for 'world-building', i.e. using them to tie non-sequel movies into a bigger universe. ''The Wolverine'' "copies" this concept as it contains a Stinger that ties it into ''Film/XMenDaysOfFuturePast'', when originally this movie wasn't going to be related to ''First Class'' nor the original series.
* {{Foreshadowing}}:
** [[spoiler:Yukio's vision of Wolverine's future, although it doesn't play out quite the way she saw it.]]
** [[spoiler:Noburo's remark about the Yashida's expensive adamantium research.]]
** [[spoiler:The fact that Yukio didn't foresee Ichirō dying that night.]]
* ForgottenFallenFriend: In Logan's mind, Jean is "all alone" where she is, and wants him to join her... except Logan ''knows'' that she loves Cyclops, who is ''also'' dead... and Xavier, who, while not her lover, was still a mentor and good friend, [[spoiler: who, as far as Logan knew, was '''also''' dead.]]
** Possibly a JustifiedTrope in that [[MaybeMagicMaybeMundane ''if'' she was an actual ghost]], Logan's guilt could have been keeping her from moving on. And if she wasn't, and merely a manifestation of his guilt, then it's perfectly understandable that she would focus on Logan and play on his secret fears.
* FreudianExcuse: Shingen covered for his father robbing his own company to extend his own lifespan, only for Ichirō to leave everything to Mariko instead.
* GenreShift: James Mangold has referred to the film as more of a FilmNoir piece rather than a {{Superhero}} film like ''Film/TheAvengers''.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Wolverine standing in the cold rain after he and Mariko are stuck in a LoveHotel is ''very'' easy to see as him taking a cold shower.
* GoodAdulteryBadAdultery: The good adulterer [[spoiler:Logan, sleeps with Mariko, but he's a wounded soul and she's trapped in a loveless engagement]]. The bad adulterer [[spoiler:Noburo, is just getting his jollies on, and was engaged to Mariko to get money. He's also conspiring to have her killed for even more money]].
* GoodThingYouCanHeal: Wolverine, as usual, takes a lot of punishment throughout the film, but his survival of an ''atomic bomb'' really stands out.
* GreenAesop: Our hero walks past a brown bear peacefully. He later passes some hunters, who behave like rowdy, drunken idiots. A clerk reacts disdainfully and asks Logan, "You're not a hunter, are you?" Later we learn that the hunters were sloppy and stupid, and used illegal poisoned arrows, which resulted in the rest of them getting killed and also doomed the bear to a slow, agonizing death. Logan is distraught by the bear's suffering and returns to torture the surviving hunter, which is called "justice" by Yukio.
* HealingFactor: Wolverine loses this, which is suppressed by the Yashida Corporation, through technological means. [[spoiler:At least until he figures out how they did it and rectifies the problem.]]
* HeelFaceTurn: [[spoiler: Harada switches allegiance from Ichirō Yashida as 'the head of the Yashia family' to Mariko, who was named the head after Ichirō's faked death]].
* HesBack: [[spoiler:Magneto, with his power, and Xavier alive again in the stinger.]]
** Also when Logan figures out how his healing power was suppressed and manages to regain it all, turning him back into the the near-unstoppable fighter he is.
* HeroicSacrifice: Near the film's end, [[spoiler: Wolverine sets himself up for one during his battle with Ichirō (who was piloting the Silver Samurai armor), only for Harada to step in and distract Yashida long enough for Logan to get his bearings. The distraction gets Harada impaled onto a massive heated sword.]]
* HeterosexualLifePartners: Mariko and Yukio. They are not sisters, Yukio was a poor girl found in the street by the Yashida family, but they were raised and treat each other as if they were sisters.
* HijackedByGanon: [[spoiler:Ichirō Yashida was alive all along and was the real mastermind behind weakening Wolverine and kidnapping Mariko. Shingen was nothing in the end.]]
* HitmanWithAHeart: Downplayed with Harada. While he isn't a hitman in the traditional sense, he's a bodyguard for the Yashida family. (By extension, serving as THEIR hitman. He and Viper are in an EnemyMine arrangement during the film) [[spoiler: Harada has a HeelFaceTurn near the end of the film after being spurned by Mariko for Logan. Shame that it ends up getting him killed in a HeroicSacrifice.]]
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: [[spoiler:Had the Big Bad not have told Wolverine how to properly hold a Japanese sword all those years ago, he'd still be around to mock him for it.]]
* HowDidYouKnowIDidnt:
-->'''Yukio:''' How did you know there was a pool down there?\\
'''Logan:''' I didn't.
* HumanPincushion: Logan receives plenty of AnnoyingArrows by the ninjas, which, being poisoned, knock him out.
* {{Hypocrite}}: Logan gets really angry at [[spoiler: Noburo for cheating on Mariko, his fiancé, despite having slept with her the night before while knowing about her engagement. It's lessened somewhat by the fact that Noburo had Mariko delivered to Shingen to be killed but instead of that Logan berated Noburo for the cheating part.]]
** To be fair, the situations are quite different. From Wolverine's perspective, Noburo, by arranging a marriage with her father, is essentially asking for her hand, where Mariko is being forced to marry him so as not to shame her father. Given his shock when she tells him, it's clear he sees the distinction.
* IAintGotTimeToBleed: Unless the wound is fatal, most characters will shrug off injuries and fight on without any detriments to their skill. Although in Wolverine's case, once he has time to rest, his wounds will catch up to him.
* IHaveNoSon: Inverted
-->'''Yashida''': Mariko. It's me, your grandfather.\\
'''Mariko''': I buried my grandfather.
* IJustWantToBeNormal: Wolverine is tempted by the option of growing old and dying like everyone else because it could mean a more mundane life. [[spoiler:He later reconsiders it.]]
* ImmortalityHurts: Inverted. When he was immortal, Wolverine's wounds healed quicker and so the pain faded faster. When he loses his healing factor, the wounds and their pain linger.
* ImmortalityImmorality: [[spoiler: Ichirō Yashida's wants to gain immortality by stealing it from someone else. That should be the first clue that he's not a good person.]]
* ImmortalitySeeker: Ichirō Yashida became obsessed with becoming this after meeting Logan back during World War II.
* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: [[spoiler: Harada gets skewered by the Silver Samurai's massive sword.]]
* ImprovisedWeapon: [[spoiler: Adamantium claws as]] throwing knives.
* ImprobableAimingSkills: Narada hits several running Yakuza at incredible distances during the ChaseScene.
* InNameOnly: Most of the film's characters are based from ''[[ComicBook/FrankMillersWolverine Frank Miller's Wolverine]]'' series; with some of them taken liberties to in terms of role.
** The comics Kenuichio Harada is ''THE'' Silver Samurai, Shingen's arrogant illegitimate son and a mutant seeking to rule the Yashida clan for himself. He despises the "gaijin" and the Yashidas especially his half-sister Mariko. In the film, most of his personality reflected on Shingen while Harada is relegated to the Yashidas' bodyguard, Mariko's ex-fiance [[spoiler:and not even the actual Silver Samurai]]. His closest reference to the comics is his affiliation with Viper.
** Viper aka Madame Hydra is a high-ranking leader of HYDRA who is a human with superb martial arts skills and knowledge with poisons. Much like Juggernaut before her, the film depicts her as a mutant scientist with snake-like attributes and mainly works for herself. Strangely enough, it's the Silver Samurai who is one of HYDRA's leaders during the events of ''X-Men: The Official Game''.
* InterruptedSuicide: Wolverine stopped Yashida when, as the other generals, preferred to [[{{Seppuku}} die with honor]] with his own sword instead of in the atomic explosion that was coming. Wolverine took his blade out, and brought him to the pit.
* IOweYouMyLife: Logan saved the life of his benefactor decades ago. In return, he offers Logan the chance to have a mundane life rather than immortality.
* JidaiGeki: Not an actual JidaiGeki movie technically speaking (as it is set in the modern day), but ''The Wolverine'' features stylistic [[{{Homage}} Homages]] and [[ShoutOut Shout Outs]] aplenty to the genre and its conventions: samurai, Japanese ideals of honor, ninja clans serving noble families, etc.
* JustTrainWrong: The Shinkansen (bullet train) is powered by overhead lines, which the film gets right -- the characters studiously try to avoid hitting them -- but these overhead lines power the trains by way of very large pantographs, which take up substantial space on the roof the train. We could HandWave it as the TraintopBattle occurring atop a part of the train without one, but careful watching suggests that simply do not exist on the bullet train in the film, which is shown zooming along with no physical connection to the catenary above it. Case in point: there are at least two obstacles mounted low enough to pass between the train and the overhead lines, and Logan is forced to (carefully) leap over them. The question of how they got there aside, each of these on their own would have caused a major rail accident -- perhaps the worst in the bullet train's half-century of operation -- before it even got to him.
* KatanasAreJustBetter: The way they are supposed to be brandished becomes a ChekhovsGun.
* LeParkour: Logan uses a messy variation, which is still effective. One of the shirtless Yashida Yakuza uses this, as well as Harada and his Ninja, although it veers into Freerunning here and there. They're Ninja after all.
* LiquidAssets: Yashida intends to drain Logan's HealingFactor from him.
* LivingForeverIsAwesome: Logan refuses Yashida's offer to revoke his immortality. Despite his hardship, he prefers living with his pain to the alternative.
* LookBehindYou: During the TrainTopBattle, Logan and a mook have to keep dodging arches using each other as visual cues when to duck or jump. Wolverine eventually tricks the mook into doing the wrong one. Splat.
* LookBothWays: One of the Yakuza gets hit by a car as they chase Logan and Mariko across the street.
* LoveHotels: Logan and Mariko stay in one for the night although no love making actually occurs (at least, not at the hotel).
* MadeOfIndestructium: Wolverine's claws and the Silver Samurai suit and swords are made of adamantium. [[spoiler: It's revealed that the swords can be superheated, which allow them to cut through Wolverine's claws. Fortunately, the bones within still grow back.]]
* MadeOfIron: Yakuza Enforcers seemingly have no issue with surviving high speed impacts into the top of a bullet train after leaping over train traffic lights. The most you'll get out of them are minor, irritated grunts.
* MagicPants: Logan's pants somehow survive being incinerated while the rest of him is burned to a crisp during the bomb shelter scene. In fact, they aren't even ''singed''.
* MayflyDecemberRomance: The nigh-immortal Logan becomes involved with Mariko, who's around her twenties in the present day. [[spoiler:Logan leaves at the end to continue his journey despite finally coming to terms with Jean's death.]]
* MeaningfulName: Viper. [[spoiler: It is possibly a reference to the classic fable "TheFarmerAndTheViper". In the context of the film, Logan is the farmer, and Viper's [[BigBad master]] is the viper. Also see UngratefulBastard below.]]
* MercyKill: Logan, to an injured and poisoned grizzly bear.
* MightyWhitey: Wolverine is the only white man in the story (because it takes place in Japan) and he's the big hero, while all the Japanese men are either misguided or evil.
* MrFanservice. Logan — the bathing scene — and an impressively built Noburo, who ends up getting caught in his underwear by Wolverine.
* MythologyGag: The film provides some nods on the ''[[ComicBook/FrankMillersWolverine Wolverine]]'' limited series, where most of the characters are taken from.
** [[spoiler: Instead of Harada, the film's Silver Samurai is old man Yashida. Since the comics name Kenuichio is not a real Japanese name, the film derives Yashida's name Ichirō from the actual Japanese name, Ken''ichirō''.]]
** Mariko's arranged marriage, that she accepts as a thing of honor, which she does not expect Wolverine to understand because he's not Japanese.
** Ichirō pledges his katana to Logan as gratitude for saving his life. In the comics, Mariko is the one who pledged the Yashida katana to Logan after he kills Shingen.
** Like the film, the mini-series also took place shortly after Jean's death, and involved a love triangle with Mariko and Yukio.
** In the "Return of the King" arc of ''UltimateXMen'', Logan ends up [[spoiler: running through a bear with his claws,]] although the film's version is much more peaceable and emotional.
** The Silver Samurai possesses the ability to heat up its blades, causing them to glow. This resembles the way the comic iteration of Silver Samurai coats his katana with a glowing tachyon field.
** A very small nod on the ''Fatal Attractions'' arc may also apply [[spoiler: where the Silver Samurai extracted Logan's HealingFactor from the marrows of his broken claws (removing the adamantium along with it.)]] Wolverine later regrows his claws, now in bone form.
** In an example combined with {{Foreshadowing}} and SequelHook, [[spoiler: a commercial for Trask Industries, the makers of the mutant-hunting Sentinels, can be seen at the end of the film]].
** Moments when [[spoiler: Jean Grey]] is seen, its in a white room. Perhaps representing [[spoiler: Phoenix in the White Hot Room?]]
** The [[MultipleEndings Alternate Ending]] has Yukio [[spoiler: giving Logan a more realistic version of his classic yellow and brown and yellow costume from the comics. Complete with a mask!]]
** Mariko holding two of Wolverine's claws at the end could be an {{X-23}} reference.
** Probably not intentional, but look at Logan's train-lunge. With the black trenchcoat, it's pretty reminiscent of Victor Creed's action scenes from ''X-Men Origins: Wolverine''.
** Wolverine now has bone-claws after losing his adamantium claws something that happened in the comics. [[LighterAndSofter Albeit this version is a lot less-bloody than how he lost them in the comic, where Magneto pulled all the adamantium from his body at once]].
* NamedAfterSomebodyFamous: Hiroyuki Sanada and Shingen Yashida [[UsefulNotes/SanadaYukimura are both named]] [[UsefulNotes/TakedaShingen after known samurai.]]
* NoImmortalInertia: When Logan's healing factor is sucked out of him, he ages rapidly, gaining wrinkles, hair turning grey and his eyes clouding over as if he suddenly developed severe cataracts.
* NotHyperbole: When Logan tells Noburo he has ten words to explain what's going on, he ''means'' ten words.
* NotQuiteDead:
** [[spoiler:Going back to the Yashida house, Logan technically dies when he removes the cause of his weakness with his bare hands. He revives shortly thereafter when he HealingFactor kicks back in.]]
** [[spoiler: Ichirō faked his death to later resurface as the Silver Samurai.]]
** [[spoiler: Charles Xavier came back alive and well in the Stinger, to Wolverine's surprise.]]
* NotThatKindOfDoctor: At one point, Logan is treated by a veterinarian ''student''.
* NotWearingTights: Wolverine wears street clothes instead of his costume from the previous films, as he is no longer a member of the X-Men.
* OffingTheOffspring: [[spoiler:Shingen planned to kill his daughter so he could have the company.]]
* OhCrap: Not said, but it's clearly written on Harada's face when he sees Wolverine's regained his healing powers.
** Three days after the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, two B-29's fly over Nagasaki. Everyone knows what's coming.
** In TheStinger [[spoiler:when Logan sees everything metal start to vibrate.]]
* OpenHeartDentistry: A mild example, with a veterinary student stitching up Wolverine's wounds and possibly extracting some lead.
* OutrunTheFireball: An atomic fireball no less.
* PoisonousPerson: Viper can inject poison with her forked tongue.
* PosthumousCharacter: Famke Janssen reprises her role as Jean Grey in several dream sequences.
* PoweredArmor: The [[spoiler: Silver Samurai]] is a humongous robotic suit of adamantium armor to help him face off against Wolverine.
* PowerNullifier: [[spoiler:A robotic parasite suppresses Wolverine's healing factor.]]
* PragmaticAdaptation: The film is a loose adaptation of the Japan arc in Creator/ChrisClaremont and ComicBook/FrankMillersWolverine series, with its own spins to the characters. Viper and Yukio, {{Badass Normal}}s in the source material, are mutants here; a PoisonousPerson and a [[PsychicPowers precognitive]] respectively.
* PreMortemOneLiner: [[spoiler:"You brought me back to say goodbye. SAYONARA!"]]
* PrecisionFStrike: "Go fuck yourself, pretty boy." The extended cut adds another ("Talk or I'll throw you out that fucking window!").
* PreviewsPulse: In the first trailer, 1:20 in.
* ProphecyTwist: Yukio predicts Logan will die with his heart on his hand. She's never wrong. [[spoiler: Logan does ''die'' (in medical terms: his heart stops functioning for an extended period of time) with his "heart" on his hand, ''but'' his healing factor kicks back in soon thereafter and he is able to return to the land of the living.]]
* RealityEnsues
** Logan's injuries take their toll after his HealingFactor slowed down. For one, he's much more susceptible to concussions and piercing weapons.
** Several of the thugs fighting Logan in their various encounters learn it's not a smart move to punch a guy in the face when he has a metal skeleton.
** [[spoiler:Building a huge mountain fortress and buying enough adamantium to build a 10-foot cyborgsuit with giant thermal-charged katanas can put even a major corporation in serious financial debt.]]
* RecordNeedleScratch: When the long-haired, bearded Logan is presented to Yashida's servants, the background music stops with this.
* RedHerring: Will Yun Lee (Harada) was promoted to have rigorous sword training but throughout the film, most of his action scenes involved archery. If you're familiar with the comics character, one might be surprised that in this film, [[spoiler: Harada is NOT the Silver Samurai.]]
* ReptilesAreAbhorrent: Viper, the reptilian-themed [[TheBaroness Baroness]].
* TheResenter: Lord Shingen hates the fact that his father prefers his own daughter over himself. [[spoiler: He tries to kill her over it.]]
* ResistanceIsFutile: This is the reason why Logan did not join the Japanese freed prisoners that were running away from the explosion that was about to happen, and preferred to stay in his pit. They can't escape from the near-ground zero of an atomic explosion.
* RevealingSkill: Two examples in the stinger. [[spoiler:The metal stuff flying to the air announces, for those who realize things quickly, that Magneto is back and with his power restored. The people frozen in their tracks, a stunt from X-Men 2, announce that Xavier is alive again.]]
* RevivalLoophole: [[spoiler:How Logan beats his predicted death; he dies but his newly-restored HealingFactor rectifies that problem a minute later.]]
* {{Ronin}}: Wolverine is described as one metaphorically. His 'lack of a master' translates to 'lack of a purpose' and drifting along with his immortality. [[note]] His comic counterpart does indeed have samurai background [[/note]]
* RuleOfDrama: Wolverine's regeneration is established throughout all of the X-Men movies to take only seconds, but [[spoiler:in the final fight with the Silver Samurai, his severed claws don't grow back until he prepares to strike the coup de grace. Somewhat understandable for the ones that had only been cut off a few moments ago, but one hand had been clawless for several minutes.]] It's justified by the fact that [[spoiler: lacerations heal much faster than bone breaks, let alone bone regrowth]].
* SamuraiInNinjaTown: Wolverine is technically a Ronin, and a clan of Ninjas serve as antagonists in the movie, therefore...
* SelfSurgery: Wolverine inserts his hand into his chest to remove a bug that's killing his healing factor.
* {{Seppuku}}: The Japanese military leaders preferred to die with honor rather than in the atomic explosion that was coming.
* SequelGoesForeign: Takes place almost entirely in Japan.
* ShoutOut:
** [[Film/DiamondsAreForever A character gets thrown out a hotel window only to land in a swimming pool, complete with "I didn't know there was a pool" (paraphrased) offhand remark by the attacker(s)]].
** Wolverine accidentally calls Noburo "[[Film/{{Alien}} Nostromo]]".
** The film begins with a Japanese man getting a wound from an atom bomb on his cheek that never heals. This happens to the protagonist of the famous Japanese novel about the Hiroshima bombing, Black Rain (Kuro Ame).
* SmugSnake: Viper, both figuratively (overconfident) and literally (that forked tongue!).
* SoftWater: Noburo gets thrown a dozen hotel floors into an outdoor swimming pool yet after he lands, he's still moving.
* SparedByTheAdaptation: [[spoiler: Mariko Yashida]], who was killed in the comics, but survives till the very end of the film. This is also the case for [[spoiler: her fiancé Noburo.]]
* StandardFemaleGrabArea: Played with Mariko, it seems mostly effective until she decided to fight against her [[spoiler:Yakuza kidnappers]], where she lands a few blows until she escapes with Logan.
* StatusQuoIsGod: Pleasantly and surprisingly averted. [[spoiler:Taking quite a bit of adamantium from Wolverine's claws right before a major installment coming up takes some balls from the creators.]]
* TheStinger: [[spoiler:Two years later, Magneto is shown to have regained his mutant power and Xavier is revealed to be alive, they both meet with Logan and ask him to join them [[SequelHook fighting the new weapon that the humans have created to destroy the mutants.]]]]
* AStormIsComing: Foreshadowed in TheStinger.
* SuperheroMovieVillainsDie: [[spoiler: Silver Samurai and Viper are killed in the climax.]]
* SuperStrength: Logan tosses people improbably far when he gets the chance. [[JustifiedTrope Having to lug around an adamantium skeleton for years is going to make you a fair bit stronger than a normal human.]] Popular Science has made the observation that getting punched by Logan is like running face first into metal scaffolding. That's very appropriate.
* TakesOneToKillOne: Wolverine's adamantium claws are severed by a superheated adamantium blade wielded by the silver samurai.
* TeethClenchedTeamwork: Harada and Viper. While the two supply a healthy dose of intel to each other during the film, they cannot hate each other more. A scene shows them having an argument of ethics and honor, with Viper [[spoiler: [[DisproportionateRetribution spraying minor poison on Ken's face and slamming him into the ground as a retort.]]]]
* TelevisionGeography: Wolverine and Mariko flee on foot from the attack on the funeral held at the Zojoji Temple, located near Tokyo Tower, and Mariko then says goodbye at Ueno Station. Which means that they ran for about 7 kilometers, while at the same time passing by half a dozen other train stations on the way, from where they could've ridden directly to Ueno. Not only that, they go , which is about 7 km from both endpoints, meaning that they travelled almost 14 kilometers in the space of a couple of minutes.
* ThereIsOnlyOneBed: Logan and Mariko are on the run from Yakuza thugs when Logan suddenly declares they'll hold up in the nearest hotel. Unfortunately it turns out to be a love hotel and there aren't any empty rooms adjacent to each other. Mariko asks where he's going to sleep; Logan says curtly, "I won't" and stands outside in the rain, [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar presumably his version of taking a cold shower]].
* ThatManIsDead: At one point in the movie, Logan says to Mariko that [[spoiler:he killed the "kuzuri" that she calls him when he killed Jean Grey.]]
* TheTheTitle: ''The Wolverine''.
* TinTyrant: The Silver Samurai sports a suit of silver-colored armor, [[spoiler: in this case a suit of PoweredArmor.]]
* TitleDrop:
-->'''Shingen Yashida''': What kind of monster are you?\\
'''Logan''': [[SpellMyNameWithAThe The]] Wolverine!
* TrainTopBattle: A ''bullet'' train, to make it that much crazier. Logan and the Yakuza have their work cut out just holding on and are almost flattened by the wind resistance, to say nothing of the low-hanging arches that fly by regularly.
* TrapIsTheOnlyOption: A picture of where the bad guys have taken Mariko is impaled in the chest of a dead mook, with COME AND GET HER [[CouldntFindAPen written in blood]] on it. He does, but is at least smart enough to have Yukio infiltrate by a less obvious route.
* UndyingLoyalty: Harada to Mariko, despite his allegiance with Viper. [[DeclarationOfProtection He pledges to protect her at her grandfather's funeral.]]
* TheUnfavorite: Shingen. His father prefers his daughter.
* UngratefulBastard: [[spoiler: Ichirō Yashida, after his life was saved by Logan decades ago, plots to take his healing power by force if necessary]].
** Shingen also. He shows nothing but open contempt for Logan throughout the movie, never once acknowledging or thanking him for saving his father's life, if not for which he wouldn't even exist.
* UnroboticReveal: [[spoiler:The robot-like Silver Samurai is actually a suit carrying Ichirō Yashida.]]
* VillainousBreakdown: [[spoiler:Shingen Yashida, after Viper scarred him. He losses all composure and fights Wolverine like some berserker.]]
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse:
** We never do find out how the three men from the start end up dying together in the same truck. Not even in a [[TheStinger stinger.]]
** Noburo isn't seen or mentioned again after his apparently nonfatal nosedive into a swimming pool.
* WhoWantsToLiveForever: Exploited by Ichirō Yashida to convince Logan to accept his "gift" of growing old and dying so ''he'' can live beyond his natural life span.
* WolverineClaws: Wolverine's weapons of choice are still the metal claws that pop out of his hands.
* YamatoNadeshiko: Mariko Yashida is introduced caring for her grandfather in a family compound that values tradition (Yukio changes into a yukata when she arrives, Wolverine passes by a kendo match, etc). She demonstrates the 'core of iron' when targeted by kidnappers [[spoiler: and confronting her evil grandfather]].
* YoureInsane: Mariko to her father [[spoiler:when he's about to kill her.]]
* YouMonster: [[spoiler:Mariko tells her grandfather this by stating he had become a monster. [[MoralEventHorizon By this point he was rightfully past the point of no return of redemption]].]]
* YourCheatingHeart: Noburo Mori with a [[AThreesomeIsHot couple of prostitutes]], something that greatly angers Logan. [[spoiler: Though it's more because this behavior reveals that he's involved in the plot against his fiancee.]]
* ZettaiRyouiki: Yukio has a grade B when she first confronts Logan in the beginning.

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